An example of seed is an almond.
A bioreactor seeded with bacteria.
Seed corn; seed potatoes.
Provided seed capital for a fledgling business.
The seeds of revolt.
- A tiny crystal or other particle, as one added to a solution or liquid to start crystallization.
- A tiny bubble, as a flaw in glassware.
- 2013 May-June, David Van Tassel, Lee DeHaan, “Wild Plants to the Rescue", American Scientist, volume 101, number 3:"Š.Plant breeding is always a numbers game. [...] The wild species we use are rich in genetic variation, [...] . In addition, we are looking for rare alleles, so the more plants we try, the better. These rarities may be new mutations, or they can be existing ones that are neutral"”or are even selected against"”in a wild population. A good example is mutations that disrupt seed dispersal, leaving the seeds on the heads long after they are ripe.
If you plant a seed in the spring, you may have a pleasant surprise in the autumn.
The entire field was covered with geese eating the freshly sown seed.
Sometimes a man may feel encouraged to spread his seed before he settles down to raise a family.
- The initial position of a competitor or team in a tournament. (seed position).The team with the best regular season record receives the top seed in the conference tournament.
- The competitor or team occupying a given seed. (seed position).The rookie was a surprising top seed.
- Initialization state of a pseudorandom number generator (PRNG). (seed number).If you use the same seed you will get exactly the same pattern of numbers.
- Commercial message in a creative format placed on relevant sites on the Internet. (seed idea or seed message).The latest seed has attracted a lot of users in our online community.
A venture capitalist seeds young companies.
The tournament coordinator will seed the starting lineup with the best competitors from the qualifying round.
The programmer seeded fresh, uncorrupted data into the database before running unit tests.
The tennis player seeded into the quarters.
- A tiny bubble in a piece of glass.
- A form of a radioactive isotope that is used to localize and concentrate the amount of radiation administered to a body site, such as a tumor.
A top seed.
- To pass into the seed-bearing stage.
- To become weak or devitalized; deteriorate:.The old neighborhood has gone to seed.
- To shed seeds after the time of flowering or bearing has passed.
- To become weak, useless, unprofitable, etc.; deteriorate.
Origin of seed
- Middle English from Old English sǣd, sēd sē- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English seed, sede, side, from Old English sÄ“d, sÇ£d (“seed, that which is sown"), from Proto-Germanic *sÄ“diz (“seed"), from Proto-Indo-European *sÄ“tis-, *sehâ‚tis (corresponding to Proto-Germanic *sÄ“anÄ… (“to sow") +"Ž *-Ã¾iz), from Proto-Indo-European *sehâ‚- (“to sow, throw"). Cognate with West Frisian sied (“seed"), Dutch zaad (“seed"), Low German Saad (“seed"), German Saat (“seed"), Danish sÃ¦d (“seed"), Swedish sÃ¤d (“seed"), Latin satio (“seeding, time of sowing, season"). More at sow.